Superfinals: Tomashevsky and Goryachkina win

by Johannes Fischer
8/21/2015 – The final round of the Russian Superfinals brought no upsets: Evgeny Tomashevsky drew comfortably with White against Peter Svidler and became Russian Champion 2015 when his closest rival, Sergey Karjakin, could not win against Dmitry Jakovenko. Aleksandra Goryachkina followed a similar policy: she drew with Kateryna Lagno and that was enough to win the tournament.

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The 68th Men's Russian Chess Championship and the 65th Women's Russian Chess Championship is played in Chita from 9. to 21. August. The competition is held by the Russian Chess Federation, the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation and the Zabaykalsky Krai Chess Federation, with support from the government of the Zabaykalsky Krai. The competition partners are Norilsk Nickel and the Baikalsk Mining Company.

Evgeny Tomashevsky is new Russian Champion.

Evgeny Tomashevsky at the start of final round

Evgeny Tomashevsky - after winning the tournament number 13 in the live-rating-list played a fine tournament and won convincingly. After three rounds he took the lead and basically kept it till the end. He finished the tournament with 7.5/11 (four wins, seven draws, and no loss), half-a-point ahead of Sergey Karjakin, who finished with 7.0/11 (three wins, eight draws, and no loss).

Five of the six games of the final round were drawn, only Igor Lysyj won against Vladislav Artemiev. After ten rounds Tomashevsky was leading the field by half-a-point which he had to defend with White against Peter Svidler. He had no troubles doing so. In his beloved Grünfeld Svidler tried an exchange sacrifice and obtained a passed pawn and counterplay - but never had serious chances to win.


Tomashevsky's draw gave Sergey Karjakin the chance to catch up to the leader - if he managed to win in the final round against Dmitry Jakovenko with Black. Karjakin tried hard but finally had to content himself with a draw and second place.


Sergey Karjakin discussing previous games with Jakovenko.

Third place went to Nikita Vitiugov.

Nikita Vitiugov

Final standings


Aleksandra Goryachkina

Aleksandra Goryachkina convincingly won the women's championship with 8.0/11 (six wins, one loss, four draws). A draw against Kateryna Lagno in the final round sufficed for the title because her rival Alexandra Kosteniuk lost track in a rook endgame against Ekaterina Kovalevskaya.


Alexandra Kosteniuk before the crucial game


The 16-year old Goryachkina - she will turn 17 in September - from Orsk is the great hope of the Russian Chess Federation. In the Superfinals in Cheita she left all the players from Russia's national women's team behind her. By losing the final round Kosteniuk dropped to third place. She had the same number of points as Anastasia Bodnaruk and more Sonneborn-Berger points but the number of games with Black decided the tie-break - and thus Anastasia Bodnaruk was declared second.

Anastasia Bodnaruk

Final standings

More or less happy winners: (from left to right)
Evgeny Tomashevsky, Sergey Karjakin, Nikita Vitiugov

The winner's of the women's tournament: (from left to right)
Alexandra Kosteniuk, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Aleksandra Goryachkina

Photos: Vladimir Barsky and Eteri Kublashvili


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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".


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